I am a Senior Tutor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Southeast Asian Research (CSEAR) within the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia.
My primary research interests are in the politics and policies of authoritarian regimes, with specific focus on the dynamic formation of opposition coalitions. My research is forthcoming or has been published in disciplinary journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Government and Opposition, Electoral Studies, Politics, Groups, and Identities, as well as more regionally-focused journals such as the Journal of East Asian Studies, Asian Survey, and Contemporary Southeast Asia. My research has been funded by the National University of Singapore's Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship and Overseas Graduate Scholarship, as well as the Southeast Asia Research Group's (SEAREG) Pre-Dissertation Fellowship. I am a Dan David Prize 2019 Scholar in the field of "Defending Democracy."
My book, Opposing Power: Building Opposition Alliances in Electoral Autocracies, is under contract with the University of Michigan Press, under the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies series. The book presents empirical evidence from a broad range of sources to demonstrate that perceptions of regime vulnerability and inter-party dependency shape opposition leaders' expectations of possible victory against an autocratic incumbent. Subsequently, these expectations condition the varying efforts of opposition leaders in Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore in building pre-electoral opposition alliances.
I received my PhD in Political Science at Emory University in 2018, and the MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government) from St. Antony's College, University of Oxford in 2012. I graduated from Singapore Management University in 2010 with a Double Degree in Business Management (BBM) and Social Science (BSocSc).
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